There were so many days where it felt like this moment would NEVER come. I used to tell my friends that if I just had a DAY to countdown to, the wait would be so much easier because I would know when it was going to end! And somewhere between venue visits and family conversations and meetings with our wedding planner… it happened. We had this date in our mind that we hoped would work but weren’t sure if it would… but when we asked Buddy during our site visit at Big Spring if it was possible, he said YES, and from then on, we were telling people that was our date! Now, I had hoped to keep this a big secret for a big reveal all at once with our photographer, venue, etc… but I think that was just a silly dream to have because it was so much more fun to tell people in person these past two months that we’ve known what it is! If you don’t know our date yet, it’s probably because you haven’t seen either of us face to face or you’re not a family member who’s heard through the grapevine. Because with everyone who has asked me, I’ve had a REALLY hard time just saying “next spring!” or “sometime next May!” I’ve spilled the beans to so many people and it’s been so exciting to gush in front of them about just how thrilled we are!!
For the past few months, we’ve been saying to each other “one more year.” In times of not seeing each other for weeks… “one more year.” In times of temptation… “one more year!!!!” Well, today is a REALLY special day because it’s the LAST DAY EVER that it’s technically ONE MORE YEAR!!! Because 366 days from today… (2016 is a leap year!!)…. and the next time we wake up on May 29th…… IT WILL BE OUR WEDDING DAY!!!!!!
Justin and I will be GETTING MARRIED on Sunday, May 29th, 2016!!!! This is the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, so no work on Monday and people can come celebrate the entire weekend with us! Our family that lives far away (which is ALL of our family) has a 3-day weekend to make the trip out to the mountains of Virginia to meet us at Big Spring Farm in Lexington to witness us tie the knot and officially become one!! Ahhh! We are so excited!! God’s timing is so perfect. It’s not often that we can see HOW it is going to work… but when His plan is finally revealed, it’s like, OHHH. That makes sense! It’s so great that we were able to take advantage of the second place prizes from the wedding giveaway that consisted of Sunday discounts for our venue AND our photographer (none other than the incredible and absolutely amazing KATELYN JAMES), even though it was a holiday weekend Sunday, which is usually just as popular and pricey as regular Saturday wedding dates! It’s so much easier for our family to join us because they won’t have to take off work like they might have had to on a normal weekend, and hopefully we’ll have some gorgeous Memorial Day weather to enjoy on the big day!! Ahhhh!
Words don’t do my excitement justice… there’s just no way to put into words what I feel, but I’m hoping that all of these emotions will be able to be SEEN on our wedding day… all of the things that I can’t describe, I’m praying will just be visible to everyone who is a part of our wedding day. I hope God’s mercy, grace, and love is felt in every single moment on that afternoon one year from today. On that day, it will be almost 6 and a half years since Justin and I started dating… and it will have SO much anticipation built up to it!! It already does! I know this next year is both going to drag by and go so quickly, so I’m just trying to enjoy what I have left of living at home with my dad and sisters (until they go off to college in August!) and waking up in my bedroom that I have all to myself and still being the independent “single” person I am. There are so many ways that God is just saying over and over that this is the right time… and I can’t wait to share more about that!! But for now… can you believe after all these years we can FINALLY start a countdown?!?! AHHH!!! May 29th, 2016….. the day I’ve been dreaming of and the start of everything I’ve hoped for surrounding my life with Justin… it’s going to be here before we know it!! Thank you, LORD!
Special thanks to Brandilynn Aines for taking the time to put together this Save the Date photo shoot for us! We showed up and she worked her magic in a glowing field of buttercups and it was nothing short of a real life fairytale in that moment. I can’t WAIT to share the rest of these photos and more of our love story soon!!!
SO… LET THE #HAPPILYEVERGLASBRENNER COUNTDOWN BEGIN!!!
2 Peter 3:8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Isaiah 40:31 But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.